Vicente del Bosque has explained why he left out Javi Martinez, Fernando Llorente and Juan Mata for Spain's games with Saudi Arabia and Georgia.
“I have looked for continuity in the selection, but Martinez and Llorente’s current situations are uncomfortable,” claimed the 61-year-old tactician to reporters ahead of the upcoming international break.
“I have left the pair out as they have not had enough playing time and need to sort out their club situations before focussing on the national team.
“It is also true that Jupp [Heynckes, Bayern Coach] called me, as he was worried that Martinez had had a tough season and wanted the favour in allowing him to adapt to his new club.”
That element of the decision has been adjudged to have brought unnecessary controversy, but La Roja’s boss justifies it.
“I have a duty to select the best team available to me, but I have the flexibility in special situations such as these.
“Juan Mata’s absence is also notable, as he has been involved in many games, and we support the decision from Chelsea to rest the player.”